Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Spotlight: Summer Camps Put Kids Center Stage

The Broadway luminaries, superstar musicians and hilarious comedians who grace our stage were all once kids with big dreams. Each year the Orpheum helps the next generation of stars explore their talents in summer camps for grades 3rd through 12th.

During our five camp sessions this summer, your kids will learn a song and dance from a hit Broadway musical, culminating in a live performance on the Orpheum stage. Crafts and other fun activities will keep the campers busy from 9am to 4pm each day of these weeklong camps. 

Angie Harrison Murphy's son, Thomas, attended last summer's camp and is already registered for this year.

"Summer camp at the Orpheum is a unique, special experience; learning while having fun!," she said. "Thomas learned to work with others and create a production.  He learned about music, theatre, lighting, costumes, Orpheum history, stage management ... all while having fun and making new friends and learning to work as a team."

Check out all of the options below, and apply for any of our camps here.

Rising Star Camp

Dates: July 20-24, 2015
Time: 9am - 4pm
Grades: 3-5

Broadway Rising Star Camp gives your child an exciting opportunity to shine onstage! Campers will learn about musical theatre, master fun and challenging choreography, rehearse songs from upcoming musicals, and explore their imaginations as they grow into dynamic performers! Rising Star Camp is an opportunity for musical theatre students to develop vocally, physically, and creatively. A final presentation will include choreographed song selections from our upcoming Broadway season.

Camp Fees:
Total Cost: $200 until May 1; $250 after May 1
Add Boxed Lunches for the Week: $40

Broadway Boot Camp

Session 1: July 6-10, 2015
Session 2: July 27-31, 2015
Time: 9am - 4pm
Grades: 6-8

Report for five days of singing, dancing, and acting during Broadway Boot Camp! Students will learn everything from the historical contexts of Broadway musicals to choreography. They will work with professional teaching artists to create a one of a kind production based on the Orpheum’s upcoming 2015-2016 Broadway Season. This professionally directed and choreographed showcase will be presented to family and friends on the last day of camp.

Camp Fees:
Total Cost: $200 until May 1; $250 after May 1
Add Boxed Lunches for the Week: $40

Broadway Summer Institute: Motown the Musical

Dates: July 13-17, 2015
Time: 9am - 4pm
Grades: 9-12

Come experience the business side of Show Business! Learn the inner workings of the theatre and performing arts in classes that explore administrative subjects including Marketing and Promotion, Development, and Box Office Operations along with technique classes in stage adaptation, movement, and acting. Classes will be taught by local artists, performing arts personnel, Orpheum staff, and Broadway actors from the smash hit Motown: The Musical.

Camp Fees:
Total Cost: $200 until May 1; $250 after May 1
Add Boxed Lunches for the Week: $40

Musical Theatre Intensive

Dates: July 27-29, 2015
Time: 9am - 4pm
Grades: 9-12

The Orpheum Musical Theatre Intensive provides students with real world training and advice from Broadway professionals! Lead by Jeff Whiting, Associate Director of Big Fish, Bullets over Broadway, and The Scottsboro Boys, alongside two professional Teaching Artists, Intensive classes are dedicated to refining each student’s craft. Topics include: finding an agent, audition and resume preparation, and a masterclass in which students learn current Broadway choreography. The Musical Theatre Intensive helps students pursuing a career onstage to perfect their skills in the art of musical theatre while spending an enlightening three days with working Broadway artists.

Camp Fees:

Total Cost: $225
Add Boxed Lunches for the Week: $40

Friday, March 27, 2015

Enjoy Your Favorite Disney Songs Live While Supporting the Memphis Symphony Orchestra

We could not be more excited about the two amazing Memphis Symphony Orchestra performances coming up this weekend at Disney in Concert: Magical Music from the Movies. It's the perfect opportunity to introduce your children and grandchildren to the wonders of orchestral music!

Enjoy music from the beloved Walt Disney Studio songbook preformed live on stage by The MSO and four Broadway singers while movie clips from classic Disney films like Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and the blockbuster hit, Frozen, are projected overhead on a giant screen.

The Sunday, March 29th performance will feature hands-on, music-making fun with a special pre-show "Instrument Petting Zoo" sponsored by Amro Music. 

Thanks to the generosity of The Memphis Development Foundation and Orpheum Theatre, all proceeds will benefit The Memphis Symphony Orchestra!

This week we've been Tweeting fun facts about Disney and the Memphis Symphony Orchestra as we get ready for Saturday and Sunday. In case you've missed them, here's a roundup of all the fast facts we've shared:

Memphis Symphony Orchestra Facts:
  • Between core, per-service and substitutes, the MSO employs approximately 125 musicians.
  • MSO musicians come from all over the world, including Paupa New Guinea, Venezuela, Ukraine, Canada, Korea, Taiwan and Hungary.
  • Violinist Ann Spurbeck has been with the MSO for 51 seasons -- she began playing with the orchestra in 1964!
  • Traditionally, the Memphis Symphony engages in over 240 concerts and ensemble visits in a season.
  • The Memphis Symphony has 12 musician couples that perform regularly: Frank & Marian Shaffer, Erin Kaste & Betsy Carter, Greg & Beth Luscombe, Sandy D'Amato & Michael Karcz, David Carlisle & Adrienne Park, Andre Dyachenko & Yennifer Correia, Sam Shoup & Heather Trusell, Scott Best & Iren Zombor, Chris & Katy Piecuch, Ed Murray & Renee Kemper, Caroline Kinsey & Dan Vidican, Lenny & Jane Schranze.

Disney Facts:
  • Disney has won 10 Grammy Awards for Best Song Written For Visual Media, including Let It Go!
  • Disney has 72 Oscar nominations to its name and has taken home 21 Academy Awards, most of Best Original Song and Best Animated Feature Film.
  • Walt Disney Animation Studios has made 54 films, starting with Snow White in 1937.
  • The Jungle Book was the last animated film Walt Disney personally supervised; it was released 10 months after his death.
  • The Little Mermaid’s Ariel was the first Disney princess in 30 years, the first since Sleeping Beauty’s Aurora in 1959.
  • Broadway star Idina Menzel of Wicked and Rent fame voiced Elsa in Frozen.
  • Samuel E. Wright, who voiced Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, played Mufasa in the original cast of The Lion King on Broadway.
  • Tim Rice originally wanted ABBA to do the soundtrack for The Lion King, but scheduling conflicts prevented the collaboration and Elton John got the gig instead.
  • The Jungle Book’s vultures were inspired by the Beatles, but John Lennon was opposed to the band providing the voices.
  • Frozen’s Anna is the first Disney character to sing a duet with a villain.
  • Elsa was supposed to be the villain in Frozen, but the producers loved "Let It Go" so much as an empowering anthem that they changed her storyline.
  • Beauty and the Beast was the first animated film in history to be nominated for a Best Picture at the Academy Awards.
  • “Part of Your World” was almost cut from The Little Mermaid because a child in a test audience spilled his popcorn during the song, which made the studio chairman think it was too boring. Luckily the staff fought to get it put back in.
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